SEASONAL ADVICE

Summer Gardening

Spring has finally arrived with sun and warmer temperatures. Plants are becoming established and putting on strong growth. As we go into summer, you will have to turn your attention to watering to keep up the growth. A few rainy days will not be enough to replenish the soil's moisture. We recommend you give your plants a deep watering to keep them healthy and vigorous. Light watering results in shallow roots and a plant this is easily stressed. Hanging baskets can dry out very quickly in hot weather. Lift the baskets slightly to check its weight. If it feels light - water it!

Landscape planting can be done during the summer months if a few steps are taken to reduce plant stress: plant on cool days or in the evenings; fill the hole with water before planting to create a reserve of moisture and water deeply twice a week.

Summer Flowering Plants

The parade of flowering plants that began in spring moves on to new varieties of plants in summer. June was the time for Chinese Dogwoods. We have beautiful white and pink varieties. They are followed by our Golden Catalpa trees in late June/July with large clusters of white blooms on the ends of branches with yellow foliage.

In June, roses will begin their summer display of colour and fragrance. They can repeat another bloom cycle by cutting back to a 5 part flower and fertilizing to encourage new growth.

Hydrangeas are the shrub of choice for blooms through July and into August. Many attractive new hybrids with large colourful blooms have become available in the past few years.

Other plants for summer colour are: Heathers, Hardy Hibiscus, Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), Echinacea and Montbretia to name a few.

Annuals

Keep your annuals fresh with regular dead-heading of faded flowers and fertilizing to encourage new growth. This should keep the plants blooming well into October. If your beds need brightening up later in the season, colourful chrysanthemums will be available after late August. For winter colour, pansies and flowering kale will be available from September onward.

Vegetables

The food garden should be fully planted. As the spring crops such as spinach, peas and radishes are harvested, space is created for the heat loving crops such as corn, beans, pepper and eggplants. If tomatoes are still being planted, get the largest sizes available, we have a crop of 1 gallon and larger.

Planting of winter vegetables will start in July. We have both seed and transplants available. With the concept of having a kitchen garden in your yard, you may be able to harvest from the garden almost every day of the year.

Vegetable Planting Chart for Coastal BC

We are getting many enquiries as to what to seed and when, or what to plant and when! Luckily, West Coast Seeds has provided an excellent planting chart for our area. To view their planting chart which includes information on when to start your seeds indoors, when to direct seed outdoors, when to transplant, cover your seedlings and transplant and cover your vegetables view their chart here.

Waterfall outside Dinter Nursery